As Mississippi rockers Saving Abel prepare for the June 8 release of their second album, “Miss America,” frontman Jared Weeks acknowledges that the sextet is a bit nervous.
“ ‘Addicted’ was such a huge hit, we’ll spend most of our career trying to catch up with it,” Weeks says of the ubiquitous radio anthem from Saving Abel’s self-titled, gold-certified 2008 debut album. “It’s not like we didn’t want it to be (a hit), but its one of those things you’ve got to prepare yourself for. It’s like we’re a pack of meat thrown in a cage of wild dogs.”
Weeks says the band does take comfort in the fact that “Addicted” was one of the last songs written for “Saving Abel” and notes that “we’ve done a much better job of taking that sound and extending it. We’re definitely a much more mature band.”
Saving Abel has released the first single from “Miss America,” “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood),” with “The Sex is Good” lined up to follow it. The group filmed a video for the former this week, and it’s even had a little time at home to bask in its success.
“I used to work at the Wal-Mart in Corinth for five years, but I still stop there,” says Weeks, who now resides in Atlanta. “It’s kind of like if the Beatles went to the Wal-Mart in their hometown. It’s totally great. I’m grateful, ’cause we really have worked our little butts off, so just to have so many people go out of their way and want a picture or an autograph or anything like that, it makes it all worth it.”
Saving Abel and Taddy Porter perform Thursday, April 22, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are free and available at www.wrif.com. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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